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Juco transfer back as starting KU cornerback

LAWRENCE | Maybe the greatest evidence that the Kansas football team has had a successful season is that the depth chart – always subject to change – has been relatively set in stone since the opener Sept. 1.

Entering last Saturday’s game against Texas A&M, there had only been the minor movement of freshman wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe over redshirt freshman Tertavian Ingram as the team’s third wideout.

But a shakeup occurred for the first time in KU’s 19-11 victory over the Aggies when junior transfer cornerback Kendrick Harper supplanted true freshman Chris Harris as the starter. Harris had started the first seven games and filled in admirably while Harper recovered from an undisclosed right wrist injury.

Harper was at KU’s weekly media gathering on Tuesday to talk about it.

“I’ve been ready for the starting spot,” said Harper, who played two years at Butler (Kan.) Community College. “It just meant a lot that the coaches have faith in me to come back and start again.”

Harper earned the starting job in the spring but was injured on the first day of fall camp. He played in his first game against Kansas State and had a crucial interception.

“I had to show them that I was still able to move,” Harper said, “still able mentally and physically to do the things to make plays.”

Harper said he’s not fully healed but that he’ll be ready for anything the rest of the way.

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